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March 20-26, 2023: Fix a Leak Week

WHEREAS, Michigan is committed to addressing issues that impact water affordability, efficiency, and public health by offering Michiganders education and resources about water leaks in their home; and,

WHEREAS, the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense Program provides educational information to support water conservation and identifies the fixing of leaks and use of WaterSense products as key elements of conserving water; and,

WHEREAS, an average American household’s plumbing leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year; and,

WHEREAS, leaks in low-income communities are compounded by system inequities that may contribute to water access and affordability issues; and,

WHEREAS, leaks can damage homes and create conditions that allow for the growth of mold or mildew, which can aggravate the health conditions of homeowners living with allergies, asthma, and other chronic lung diseases; and,

WHEREAS, eliminating leaks and saving water may reduce the energy needed by water and wastewater utilities and decrease costs in terms of energy usage; and, 

WHEREAS, fixing household leaks can save residents on their water and energy bills and provide protection to the water system overall; and, 

WHEREAS, during this week, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy and other USEPA WaterSense partners aim to raise public awareness about household water leaks and the importance of finding and fixing leaks;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 20 – 26, 2023, as Fix a Leak Week in Michigan.